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Young professionals highlight apprenticeship opportunities

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities, Environment

Former Sanctuary apprentices Tom Smith and Samantha Hill with Robin Walker MP at the Group’s offices Former Sanctuary apprentices Tom Smith and Samantha Hill with Robin Walker MP at the Group’s offices

A trio of young professionals from Worcester are hosting a unique event in the city next week to help raise awareness of apprenticeships for local schools and businesses.

‘Apprentifix’ is being hosted and organised by two apprentices and a graduate trainee from Worcestershire-based housing and care provider Sanctuary Group and takes place on Tuesday 4 March.

With the help of Fixers, a charity which helps young people get their voices heard, the event will provide an opportunity for local schools to hear about apprenticeship schemes in Worcestershire and the opportunities available to young people through these programmes.

Local employers will also have the chance to receive guidance on how to set up their own successful schemes, including accessing funding, and the chance to meet and hear from apprentices and other apprenticeship employers.

Representatives from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Apprenticeship Service and Worcestershire Group Training Association will be speaking at the event, and there will be a question and answer session for attendees. In addition, Robin Walker MP is endorsing these young professionals’ efforts in raising awareness of apprenticeships and has put together a short video which will be shown on the night.

Beth Connor, one of the apprentices from Sanctuary, said: “We are really keen to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities in Worcestershire among local businesses and young people. Apprenticeships are an extremely positive way into work and we believe it is important for people to know that there are such options within our own county.

“We hope that our ‘Apprentifix’ event will encourage people to find out more about local apprenticeships and that it will put businesses and young people in touch with each other.”

The free event is open for bookings only and takes place at Sanctuary Group’s offices on Castle Street in Worcester on Tuesday 4 March, from 5.15 to 7.45pm. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in attending ‘Apprentifix’ and to confirm your place at the event please contact Meera Murali at meera.murali@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or call her on 01905 334738 by Friday 28 February.

Sanctuary has provided £75,000 funding to Fixers to support projects for residents and staff in locations across England and Scotland, which are led by young people aged 16 – 25.

Fixers is a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better. The Fixers project has already supported over 11,000 young people to have an authentic voice in their community. Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need - such as films, websites or print work - to make their chosen project a success.

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